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11:02 UK time, Thursday, 25 January 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It snowed on Tuesday night. It often snows in January in the North, Scotland, the high grounds of central England and the West Country. But this snow was different. Why? Because it SNOWED IN LONDON! Whaaaaat! You know what that means – it's no longer snow as an abstract concept, a climatic occurrence that might as well be in Lapland. It's snow as in the trains being delayed… cars needing de-icing… reporters arriving late into the office… photographers hardly having to fall out of bed to grab cute shots of kids building snowmen. Now that's what the papers call real snow.

Cue London landmarks covered in snow pictures. For the Telegraph it’s an Underground train in the snow, and one of the Trafalgar Square lions; the Mirror has Buck House in resplendent white; the Express does the same with Big Ben. The Sun sidesteps any obvious landmarks, in favour of Richmond Park in the snow; Barnet, north London in the snow; "tracks… walking in London" in the snow and London Bridge Station in the snow.

The latter does though include a handy "3/4" actual size" depth of snow indicator to hammer home the point that Britain's rail network is not very good at dealing with, er, adverse weather conditions.

The Sun puts the Oscar nominations of recent days to, er, novel use in a centre page spread called Best Unsupported Actress. Fancy seeing those stalwarts of British luvvidom, Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench in the buff? Probably not, but on the off chance... It's sure to turn your face a shade of snowy white.

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